eNews For The Week of July 25, 2021
The Optional Practical Training extension of Pei-Yi’s student visa has expired. As you will recall, we were not able to secure a lottery based H1B Visa this past spring. We are in the process of applying for a non-lottery based H1B Visa but that process is not complete. Until this week there was some thought that Pei-Yi might be able to “volunteer” until an H1B is secured. However, based on a careful reading of the how that might work this is not a prudent option. So this Sunday and likely a few more Pei-Yi will be unable to play the organ.
|This week Bob Sutter will be at the piano playing our service music. He will be accompanied by soloist Carolyn Smith.|
Coffee Hour Returns
Plan to stay after church this week.
Main Street, weather permitting.
Local churches are creating “Welcome Bags” for Averett University students as they begin their new school year. Epiphany is participating by assembling 100 bags that will contain a variety of goodies. We need your help to fill them, please join us in the Parish Hall immediately after church services this Sunday (25th) to complete this outreach project. Your help and support is greatly appreciated.
Sacred Grounds Coffee House
Beginning Wednesday August 25th there will be a new opportunity to gather socially during the week. Sacred Grounds Coffee House will be open Wednesdays from 10:00am - 12:00pm in the Parlor. Come at ten o’clock and stay till noon or drop by for a just bit. The coffee (decaf too) or tea is free, the conversation priceless and enlightening.
|Save the Date: This year's Crop Walk will be on Sunday afternoon, October 3rd. With your help Epiphany raised $1,267 last year by participating in the Crop Walk. Let’s see what we can do in 2021! Sign-up details coming soon.|
A reminder that Fr. Jon is on vacation beginning Monday July 19th and returning to the office on Tuesday August 17th. There will be an “on call” vestry member daily while Fr. Jon is away. If you need to reach the on call vestry person please call (434) 792-4321 extension 6 and leave a detailed message. Your message will be emailed to the on call vestry person. Jennifer Hooper will also be in the office during normal office hours - Monday through Thursday from 9:00am - 2:00pm.
Lay Ministry Opportunities
At this time we are focusing our efforts on four key lay ministries and we still need folks to sign-up for the Usher/Greeter Team.
A link to the online sign-up sheet is here: Usher / Greeter Team
Usher/Greeters will serve in pairs each Sunday and will do what ushers have always done - greet people as they arrive, hand out bulletins, count heads, pass the plates, and generally be available to assist.
* There will be training for each of these lay ministries that will be fun, informative and ongoing.
Giving Made Easy
We are now accepting donations and pledge payments via the online platform Tithe.ly, click the Give button below to pay your pledge or make a donation.
This Week At Epiphany
- Tuesday 7/27: 5:00pm Disciple’s Dinner.
- Tuesday 7/27: No Centering Prayer until further notice.
- Thursday 7/29: 12:00pm Disciple’s Lunch.
- Sunday 8/1: 10:00am In-Person Morning Prayer.
Birthdays this week: Ayana Warner (25), Dick Alwood (26), Keith Silverman (28) and Barbara Bennett (31).
Watch over your servants Ayana, Dick, Keith and Barbara O Lord as their days increase; bless and guide them wherever they may be. Strengthen them when they stand; comfort them when discouraged or sorrowful; raise them up if they fall; and in their heart may your peace which passes understanding abide all the days of their live, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Anniversaries this week: None
Gracious God, we lift up your servants (N. and N.) to you in thanks for your love. Guide them as they grow and surround them with your grace, that they may walk close to you and to each other always; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Parish Prayer List:
We are in the process of rebuilding the parish prayer list and we need your help. If you would like the name of a loved one placed on the parish prayer list and listed each week in the eNews please reply directly to this email. You may also call or text Fr. Jon at (434) 710-1933.
This week we pray for:
Drue Anderson, Geneva Myers, Marie McKenzie, Pei-Yi Ho & Epiphany (H1B Visa), Jesse Riley, and Todd Miller.